- Climate change
- Protection of biodiversity
- Water management
- Sustainability of resources
Asking more for society and the environment, with great potential returns, that’s good for everyone.
Responsible investing is an investment strategy that selects and manages investments based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. It’s products are designed for those who want to see their investment grow while supporting businesses that promote sustainable development and respect social and human responsibilities.
By choosing responsible investing, you’re investing your money in companies that combine strong financial results with responsible practices. Use your money as a lever for change!
Certain industries such as tobacco/vaping, thermal coal and weapons are not covered by RI products at Desjardins.
Added to the financial analysis of the companies is the assessment of their environmental, social and governance practices. This assessment could look at different aspects such as respect for human rights, labour practices or climate change.
Thematic investments are made based on one or more of the targeted issues among the chosen companies that offer competitive financial returns.
Engaged shareholders interact directly with the companies that make up an investment portfolio. It steers them to improve their environmental, social and governance practices and gives investors a voice.
A variety of ways are used to exert influence over companies:
Coalitions can be formed with other institutional investors to push for improvements such as environmental policies or industry standards.
RI lets you support sustainable development without sacrificing your returns. In fact, 1,800 studies published since 1970 shows a neutral or positive link between ESG criteria and financial returnsfootnote 1.
Companies that care about ESG issues are often better equipped to manage the risks posed by the challenges of our modern economy. They can also provide interesting business opportunities through their investments in certain sectors, such as alternative energies.